Video // 3 days in Maine

The third Monday of April, it’s an holiday in the US, thanks to Patriot’s Day. As good holiday patriots, we enjoyed a 3 days weekend to discover Maine, a northeast state of New England. Vermont was another option, but the season hasn’t started yet, it’s too soon (I mean, cheese factories and farms – the true reason to go on weekend – are closed until May). I wanted badly to leave this weekend because it was Manu’s birthday. I bought a tourist guide about New England, and Maine trips sounded fantastic: Lobster Tour, Spooky Maine, 60 Lighthouses in 60 Hours, Acadia National Park, Dramatic Coast… Decision was made: we were going to Maine.

Fort Point Lighthouse, Maine

Bass Harbout Head Lighthouse, Acadia National Park

Maine, where is it?

In New England like 5 other States : Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and our Massachussetts. New England is very small, which is striking when we look at a US map (I sometimes have the feeling we don’t actually live in the US – luckily, there are so much flags at every corner, in front of houses, etc. to remind us that we really are living here).

New England

Maine is the biggest state of New England, northeast, close to Quebec. It’s also the less populated : lakes, forests, and coasts, in Maine, nature is everywhere. After several months in cities, we really needed a break: nature, fresh air, silence and rustic stuff were more than welcome.

Culinary specialties in Maine: lobster and blueberry

It’s pretty indecent all these lobsters on the menus. I ate lobster maybe just once in France, the concentration of meals based on lobsters on this weekend was insane. We tested Lazy Lobster (I like this name, it means the lobster is already shelled – in the restaurant I had the lazy lobster, it was also sauteed, yummy yum), linguine with Lobster, Lobster Roll (in a bun, with mayo) and at last, the “simple” version, the Steamed Lobster, served with melted butter. Spectacular!

Lobster at Geddy's - Bar Harbour, MaineBlueberry is the other specialty in Maine. We had once a blueberry pie, but it wasn’t fantastic. We’ll have to wait until the right season, which begins at the end of July.

Acadia National Park

We went there by chance, we didn’t know it was one of the most popular attraction in Maine. It was the best surprise of the weekend. This park is located on a small island, Mont Desert Island, surrounded by smallest islands. Coast and landscapes are dramatically beautiful, there’s not a lot of sandy beaches, boulders are everywhere, cliffs, coves,  lakes, forests… We were wearing sneakers, motivated to do a (small) hike. But the trail I was hoping to do, “Precipice trail”, was closed, because peregrine falcons are nesting (I read it, I didn’t know it…). We crossed the island following the Loop road. We stopped in nice spots, but, truly, sneakers weren’t that useful.

Bubble Pond - Acadia National Park

We didn’t see a lot of animals, except from usual squirrels (they are tiniest and red, contrary to cities squirrels). We desperately wanted to see mooses, but… nothing.

One of the mountain on the island (I mean “montain” is a big word, it’s like a big hill, 1530 feet or 466 m high) has the name of a French explorer, Cadillac who knew well the area (he also helped to found Detroit, and the car was named after him). One of the most spectucular bay of the island is also named:  The Frenchman Bay.

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain - Acadia National Park

Road trip, dangers of driving “à la française”

We can see in the video that a big truck is passing on the right of our car. We first panicked, and then we understood it was tolerated. Other striking fact: bikers don’t wear helmets. We saw a lot of men with flying hair on their big Harley Davidson (sometimes they had a very 80’s scarf). Manu was stopped by a cop (on a bike… seriously?), because of a dangerous U-turn on a big road. The cop asked for the driving license. I stupidly wanted to laugh and filming everything with my camera. The cop didn’t know what to do with the French license and so he let us go. “Have a good day, m’am”. We had to pass the US driving license (I’ll write it on my Procrastination List).

Motels along the road

Finding a place to sleep wasn’t easy. It’s not the right season, most of hotels are opening in May. Friends recommended us to camp, but  (1) we don’t have any equipment (2) our camping experiment – a few days in hot Sicily in August – proved us we are not very adapted to outdoor life (3) I wanted to go to a motel, it’s so American ! I’m already pleased when I pronounce the word. I looked on Internet and found a motel opened in this time of year, and it wasn’t right in front a road. The motel is in a cute village, Bar Harbor, very close to the Acadia Park. Perfect!

Bar Harbor, Maine

So what? A tiny town motel, with 2 big beds in one room, an old TV, a bible in a drawer, tacky furniture and a coffee machine! And a spooky swing is the garden.

Moseley Motel, Bar Harbor

Spooky Maine ? 

I’ve recently learned this word in English: spooky. I admit it: I love using (and misusing it). When I read that Maine has the reputation to be spooky, I thought it was a sign: we really had to go there! (NB: I’m a real chicken, I would never go and check electricity in the basement by a storm night; basically, every noise at night is spooky to me).

Spooky Maine

True story: Stephen King was born in Portland, ME. Creepy cemeteries, foggy lakes, isolated islands and houses… his spooky novels were inspired by Maine landscapes. Actually, we didn’t see anything really spooky. Bar Harbor was a little bit spooky (if you have a psychopath mind): most of the houses, restaurants, hotels were closed, no lights in the streets at night, a deep silence… it has a spooky look. The other spooky fact of the weekend is an old lady following us in the Park. She might have see we were lost, she reached us by car, following us for some miles. Why is that? We were worried, but she just wanted to give us a map of the island. Nice and spooky old lady!

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20 Comments

  • Reply Apr 18 2012

    La Grande Blonde

    Dammit! WordPress a mange mon commentaire (ca doit etre l’heure du lunch pour lui aussi ^_^).
    Je disais donc que video (super chouette!) et photos donnaient rudement envie de s’aventurer dans le Maine, aussi spooky qu’il puisse etre. Et ca donne aussi rudement faim (et j’ai comme l’impression que mettre la main sur du homard -frais- a Canberra va tenir de la gageure) (groumpf!)…

    • Reply Apr 20 2012

      Mathilde

      Merci ! C’est finalement une région à laquelle je ne pensais pas depuis la France, c’est bien d’être pas trop loin du coup. On y remettra sûrement les pieds, cette fois pour visiter “les terres”.

  • Reply Apr 18 2012

    Marie Christine

    Ah la baie des francais et les Cadillacs avec cette musique en plus , c’est un vrai bol d’O2 , plaisir de revoir tout ca , bravo pour ce blog ,genial !!
    Next ? en attendant le Vermont et le lac Champlin fais nous un petit truc sympa sur les incontournables “yard sale”
    Merci du partage :)

    • Reply Apr 20 2012

      Mathilde

      Merci ! Je n’avais pas pensé aux Yard Sales… car je n’en vois pas par chez moi. Mais pour une prochaine excursion à Winchester ?!

  • Reply Apr 19 2012

    cavoletto

    Non mai sérieux, ça donne trop envie de partir!! (et puis je suis une fanatique du homard depuis toujours, pour moi le maine c’est mieux que disney land! :-) En plus il est de plus en plus probable (bon c’est vrai que le maine depuis NY en voiture ça fait peut-etre un peu loin pour le weekend mais bon), qu’on emménage de votre coté de l’atlantique, au cas où je te fais savoir hein! :-)) Autre chose, j’ai reçu ‘Marinades’, il me semble que dans l’ensemble c’est un joli travail (je sais pas si t’as eu un exemplaire, si tu veux je t’en envoie un 😉

    • Reply Apr 20 2012

      Mathilde

      Contente que ça te plaise ! Ce serait super que vous veniez près d’ici !! New York-Maine, ça doit pouvoir se faire sur 3-4 jours ?!
      Pas encore vu le livre sur les Marinades, je vais demander à ce qu’on me l’envoie, hâte de le voir. Je suis sûre qu’il est réussi !

  • Reply Apr 19 2012

    Aurélie

    Tu le sais déjà, mais je tiens à le répéter…..Je suis devenue complètement ADDICT de ton blog Mathilde! Facebook ne fait plus le poids à côté….
    Continue, de mieux en mieux! Hâte de voir le prochain post!
    Pleins de gros gros bisous de nous 3

    • Reply Apr 20 2012

      Mathilde

      Ah ah !! Merci ! ça me fait plaisir ! bisettes à tous les 3

  • Reply Apr 21 2012

    Paula

    J’adoooooore ! :)

  • Reply May 2 2012

    Julie

    Très sympa cette petite vidéo!
    Spooky, j’adore ce mot!
    Jolies baskets.

    • Reply May 2 2012

      Mathilde

      Thanks !
      Ce sont mes vieilles Converse à semelles fines, tu les connaissais déjà, non ?… Je savais que Spooky te plairait. Fais toi plaisir et emploie-le n’importe comment à présent

      • Reply May 4 2012

        Julie

        Spooky.

  • Reply Jul 24 2012

    LittleCaroInBigApple

    le “spooky Maine” que tu décris là correspond parfaitement à l’idée que j’en ai, ayant dévoré très jeune les dizaines de romans de Stephen King. Surtout ce Moseley cottage inn, il a l’air super typique et me donnerait aussi quelques frissons dans le dos! ça donne envie d’aller faire un tour up north! :)

  • Reply Apr 27 2014

    Julie

    Salut,
    Je suis tombée sur ton article en préparant nos 3 jours dans le Maine. J’avoue que le passage ‘spooky’ m’a vraiment bien fait rire 😉
    Moi-même expatriée à Montréal, je trouve ton blog très sympa et agréable à lire.
    Bonne continuation !

  • Reply Dec 1 2014

    Marine

    Acadia a pour moi été le point d’orgue de mon séjour sur le Côte Est. J’ai bénéficié d’un temps magnifique fin septembre, j’ai vu des baleines, fais des randonnées superbes, écouté des rangers me raconter l’histoire des constellations (c’était le week-end du Night sky festival). Deux jours c’était vraiment trop court, j’ai très envie d’y retourner

  • Reply Jun 15 2016

    Aby

    Bonjour Mathilde, votre article date un peu mais j’espère que vous êtes toujours active :-) Nous partons en famille en nouvelle angleterre l’été prochain, et comptons passer 3/4 jours à Acadia. Nous nous y prenons un peu tard, et il n’y a plus rien de disponible à Bar Harbor. Ou pouvons-nous loger dans le coin avec 3 enfants en bas âge.
    par avance merci!

    • Reply Jun 16 2016

      Mathilde

      oui, le blog est toujours actif 😉 J’organise des visites guidées de Boston d’ailleurs si vous voulez découvrir la ville autrement et en français >>> https://www.bostonlenezenlair.com/
      pour les hôtels malheureusement je n’en ai pas à recommander là comme ça sans faire de recherches ; Le motel où j’étais est dans la vidéo sinon j’ai campé à Acadia…
      Peut-être à bientôt à Boston !

      • Reply Jun 16 2016

        Aby

        NNous passons également par Boston et Cape Code et galérons un peu pour le logement à Boston 
        Je vais regarder votre site, merci pour votre retour

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